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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Israeli film opens Tribeca Film Festival

(L-R) Actors Ohad Knoller and Oz Zehavi, director Eytan Fox, and  screenwriter Itay Segal attend the "Yossi" Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the School of Visual Arts on April 19, 2012 in New York City.

New York festival founded by Robert De Niro honors Eytan Fox’s movie

The Israeli film Yossi, directed by Eytan Fox, received the great honor of opening the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in New York after the festival’s founder, Robert De Niro, decided to promote the film’s screening.

Yossi is the sequel to Fox’s 2002 film Yossi & Jagger and is set 10 years after Yossi & Jagger ended. Ohad Knoller, who won the Best Actor Award at Tribeca in 2003 for his work in the original film, returns as Yossi, who was a closeted gay soldier in that film and is now a Tel Aviv doctor.

Walking down the red carpet with Eytan Fox were scriptwriter Itay Segal and the film’s stars – Ohad Knoller and Oz Zehavi.

“We finished the film just two days ago and we’re so overwhelmed with the love we’ve received at the festival,” said Fox.

The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff in response to the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and their grave effect on Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood.